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Women Visualizing Africa Film Series | Film: Notre étrangère (The Place in Between)

Monday, January 23, 2012
12:00 AM
2435 North Quad 105 South State Street

This feature length film is the second one by a woman from Burkina Faso. Mariam, a mixed race, returns to Bobo in Burkina Faso to visit her mother whom she has been separated from since she was 8. Upon arrival, she only finds her aunt there, and the family house is both crowded and reassuring in a town where she has no more landmarks. Mariam, a 45-year-old Burkinabe, has been cleaning households in Paris for many years; she is only a furtive shade that slides to life’s edge. French w/ English subtitles.
This film series highlights poetic images produced by African women filmmakers. Throughout Africa, women have emerged from the double oppression of patriarchy and colonialism. As producers, directors, actresses, scriptwriters, financiers, promoters, marketers and distributors of film, television, and video, they have become the unsung heroines of the moving image in postcolonial Africa. Unfortunately, these immense contributions by women are underrepresented, both in industry debates and in academic research. There are now many cases in which African women in front of and behind the camera lens have overcome social barriers, yet this is often overlooked. Organizers: Professor Frieda Ekotto (Afroamerican and African Studies and Comparative Literature) and Marie Stoll, PhD Candidate (Romance Languages and Literatures) Free and Open to the Public All of these films will be shown at 2435 North Quad (4-6 pm), 105 South State Street. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow each film.